How to Plan Everest Base Camp Trek?

How to Plan Everest Base Camp Trek?

Planning Everest Base Camp Trek requires some sort of determination and passion. It is not every day that we feel being in the great height, walking for hours amidst the lone Himalayan trail and enjoying the basic accommodation and food to be our best holiday in the foreign country.

Everest Base Camp Trek is that one trek that an avid trekker as well as rookies or the people who finds happiness in doing exhilarating things opts for. There is no label for those who opts for Everest Base Camp trek. Everybody at least once in their life wants to be on the lap of the highest mountain in the world. For some, Everest Base Camp Trek is dream and for some it’s a passion.

So we have brought this blog, for the people who have Everest Base Camp trek in there to do list. In this blog, we are highlighting how to prepare for Everest Base Camp trek and most of all how to plan Everest Base Camp Trek. The journey to Everest base is mesmerizing and enlightening.

So without any delay let’s find out about all the details to know about planning Everest Base Camp Trek. 

Different routes to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Firstly, before planning for the trek, you should know that there are various ways to reach Everest Base Camp. Some routes are easier compared to some other routes. In this blog, we will be highlighting all the routes to Everest Base Camp.

Standard route

Standard route is the most preferred route. It comes with 14 day or 16 day itinerary. The itinerary was designed by the experts and incorporates all the glory detail of the trek. The 14 day itinerary is Short Everest Base Camp Trek which excludes the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and extra leisure day after the trek. Meanwhile our 16 days Everest Base Camp trek includes both sightseeing tour and leisure day after the trek. The first itinerary is for those who are confined by limited time. Thus, we recommend people who are thinking of 14 day itinerary to travel when weather favors. Because, weather is unpredictable in Everest region.

You can go along with any of the route as per your preference.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake is quite adventurous than the above one. The trail is off the beaten and comparatively less crowded than standard route. In this route, you will explore Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Lake and Ngozumpa glacier which is one of the largest glacier in the world. All in all this is a wonderful journey who wants a bit more thrill in their trek. You can fine more information about the trek and the itinerary in this link.

Everest Three Pass trek

The Everest High Passes Trek lets you cross three popular mountain passes of the Everest trek. These passes are Kongma La (5335m), Chola pass (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m). These all passes are above 5000 meter so crossing these passes itself is an achievement. It is a most energizing excursion that offers you the awesome mountains and ice sheets. In this trek, you will stroll along the cold path of high passes and indulge yourself with the refreshing beauty of the Himalayas.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is another stunning way of doing Everest Base Camp Trek. In this trek, one can enjoy the thrill of trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal as well as experience helicopter ride. Nepal Hiking Team organizes two different type of trek packages. The itinerary is almost same as the standard route however it includes helicopter ride which is missing on the standard trek itinerary. In our 11 days Everest Base Camp Heli Trek directly bring you to Kathmandu from Gorakshep. And other is of 12 days EBC Shuttle Heli Trek package which will fly you out from Gorakshep to Lukla and from there you can take a plane back to Kathmandu. Please go through the itinerary given below:

You can go along with any of the itinerary.

So these are some of the routes and ways to reach Everest Base Camp. You can choose any of the routes you like.

After deciding which route you are taking, you have to decide the best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek. In general, Everest Base Camp Trek is doable throughout the year. However, knowing which season offers the best views and the experience is very important. In our below section, we are discussing what trekkers can expect in different seasons.

Spring Season

Spring Season invites large number of tourist every year in Nepal. Spring season in Nepal falls from March to May. It has the beast weather and offers pretty amazing mountain views. Moreover, the main highlight of trekking in this season is that it is the time flowers come to life. Forest are greener than ever. Hence, nature is amazing during this time of the year.

Summer/Monsoon season

Summer/Monsoon season falls from June to August. The weather is hot and wet. Monsoon rain clam the warm sunny weather. However, monsoon rain can also be the reason for flight delays and cancellation. Hilly region and Terai region faces heavy monsoon and Himalayan region does not faces much precipitation.

Therefore, Everest Base Camp Trek is possible in summer/monsoon season. Nonetheless, we would suggest trekkers two keep extra a day or two leisure so avoid the mishap of missing the international flight. Besides lush nature, the trail is less crowded so you will get to enjoy the trail to yourself.

Autumn Season

Autumn season tumbles from September to November. This is another time of the year that welcomes large number of tourist in Nepal. In this time of the year, day are warm and nights are cool with crispy air. Moreover, the best part of trekking in Nepal during autumn season is the crystal clear mountain views. The only defect of trekking this time of the year is that the trail will be too crowded. So if you are not much of people person then you can try during late monsoon season or early spring season.

Winter Season

Winter season in Nepal falls from the December to February. Not many people travel during this time due to extreme cold weather. But the mountain views during this time is truly breathtaking. We do not recommend trekking this time of the year to the people who are keen with trekking or cold weather. However, if you are okay with cold weather we will surely recommend trekking this time of the year but with proper trekking clothing and if possible with flexible time schedule.

Now that we have discussed which time is best for you to do EBC trek. In the section, we are going to discuss how difficult is Everest Base Camp trek.

Before we discuss if the walk to Everest base camp is very difficult, we want to share that we have records of successful stories of people in their early seventies complete the trek. It is not like that we do not have unsuccessful stories, we do have them but we just don’t consider them as unsuccessful. For us, everybody who at least tries is successful in their attempt. Because there are people who hesitate to even take the first step.

Everest Base Camp trek is a pleasant journey with moderate level of difficulty which can be tackled with proper training and physical exercise. Beginner as well as experienced trekkers can do this trek. So any people no prior trekking experience can also opt for this trek. In order to complete the trek efficiently, we recommend trekkers to do some physical exercise and cardio exercises. Also, if possible walking every now and then or even hiking once a month will be great help in building up the stamina for the EBC trek.

Any trek in Everest region is different than the trek in other trekking regions of Nepal. EBC trek starts from 2800 meter above sea level which great height for the first day of the trek. So it is really important not to rush the trek and stay hydrated. While on the trek, make sure to drink plenty of water, drink soups and if possible avoid eating meats. Sometime it is difficult to digest meat in high altitude. Hence, keep in mind that trekking in Nepal is about patience and endurance. Rushing the trek will only result in mountain sickness which can lead for emergency situation.

Now that we have discovered, EBC trek is a moderate type of trek. The last thing left to discuss is budget or the trip cost.

#Cost/Budget for the EBC Trek

The trip cost of EBC trek differs as per the travel agency. The price can range from USD 1200 to 1600 depending upon the services provided in the given cost. So before purchasing the EBC trek through any travel agencies make sure you know what is included in the given cost. We have varieties of EBC trek that comes at different prices. There are standard packages which is more budget friendly and there are luxury trekking package too. It all depend upon you and what price you want to make.

You can travel independently as well to make the trip cost more feasible. Trekking alone has its perks as well as disadvantage too. Perks of trekking alone is that you get to lead your trek however you want but it has more flaws than perks. In solo trekking, you have to find your own trail, reserve your own accommodation and tend to yourself if something inevitable happen.

All in all, budgeting is very important whether you are trekking alone or purchasing an organized packages. Nonetheless, knowing what you are getting in the money you are paying is equally important. So budget your trip carefully and wisely.

So we have covered all the important aspects that is important to remember before planning EBC trek. If there are any other questions, you can check our frequently asked questions about EBC trek or our complete guidebook of Everest Base Camp Trek. We hope you are successful in planning your next adventure!

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Balaram Thapa

Balaram Thapa, an executive director at Nepal Hiking Team had a long journey before making NHT one of the revolutionary tour operators in this competitive field of Tourism. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Tribhuwan University in the year 2000.

He started his career as a trekking support staff in 1998 and gradually earned a status of trekking leader. He has trekked several trekking routes such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Mustang, Makalu, etc. Thus has immense knowledge about the trekking routes of Nepal. Alongside this, he has also organized several tours to Bhutan and Tibet as a tour guide. He has traveled to Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Italy promoting Nepal’s tourism.

After earning lots of experience in this field, he wanted to explore his own business ideology. He along with his brother- Ganga Raj Thapa start their own company, Nepal Hiking Team in 2009. He is friendly and works side by side with the staff inspiring and motivating them. He is an expert travel consultant and handles all the concerns of travelers regarding their trip. He inspires people to travel new and unique destinations and implement the same ideology on himself as well.

He started his journey 22 years ago and has immense experience in this field. His passion for traveling has made his 22 years of working journey, a precious phase of his life. And he plans to continue doing this and add more years in it.

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